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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
William Lawlor



Will of William Lawlor
from Newfoundland will books volume 7 pages 458 & 459 probate year 1905

In re the Estate of William Lawlor       deceased

In the name of God Amen The last will and testament of William Lawlor Farmer made this 27th day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighty-four, I William Lawlor being now in a sound and perfect state of mind and memory but at the same time being very sick and in a very imperfect state of bodily health, and knowing that it is appointed for man once to die, do hereby make this my last will and testament and dispose of my worldly substance while I have power and capacity to do so,

  • First I do will and bequeath my soul unto Almighty God who gave it me and my body I leave to the disposal of my wife and friends for interment.
  • Secondly, I do will and bequeath unto my beloved wife Mary my dwelling house household furniture out houses live stock consisting of one horse two cows together with my farms situated on Broad Cove road to have and hold and to enjoy during the full time and term of her natural life with full power and authority to manage as she now does without hindrance or molestation from any of her children providing that she my wife Mary shall not set sell or mortgage a part or the whole of the above property
  • Thirdly, I do will and bequeath that after the death of my wife Mary as aforesaid all the above mentioned property to my daughter Catherine to have and to hold and her heirs for ever providing she shall behave a good and faithful daughter to her mother.
  • Fourthly I do will and bequeath that after the death of my wife Mary as aforesaid, my second farm to my daughter Mary Ann and her two sons Michael and William Hall situated two miles from Broad Cove to have and hold for ever providing that they shall behave good and faithful boys to their grandmother and live with her and contribute to her support during her lifetime providing that they shall not ever sell or mortgage any of the above mentioned property should they my grandsons Michael or William Hall turnout disobedient or neglect contributing to the support of their grandmother I will and bequeath them one shilling each, and their share of said property I will and bequeath to which ever of my daughters or heirs deserves it best
  • Michael and William Hall, my two grandsons must have two masses each per year for my soul and my wife's soul after her death during their lifetime

In witness whereof I do make this my last will and testament and publish and declare this to be my last will and testament at the same time nullifying all other wills and testaments by me heretofore made, signed sealed published and declared by me in the presence of the undersigned witnesses the day and year above written
Signed sealed published and declared by the said in our presence who in the presence of each other and at his request hereunto subscribe our names the day and year first written William his X mark Lawlor    witnesses Patrick Gladner     Edward Gladney.

I certify the foregoing to be a correct copy of the last and testament of William Lawlor deceased.
D. M. Browning

(Listed in the margin next to this will the following)
March 24/05
Emerson J.
admt. c.t.a.
granted on the
1st day of
April A.D. 1905
to Michael



Note: The wills in those will books are NOT actual wills. They are hand-written copies of a, "last will and testament," written by the court clerk, after the death of the testator, when the executor presented them to the court for probate. The court clerk didn't list the signatures at the bottom, he (or she) just put them in the book in whatever order they were in, on the original document, no spacing most of the time, no punctuation. The originals were kept by the executor.

We who have typed these wills, have made every effort to include all the errors that were on the microfilm, in order to avoid destroying the integrity of the originals, where ever they may be.

Page contributed by Judy Benson, Wendy Weller and Ivy Benoit

REVISED BY: Ivy F. Benoit May 2, 2002

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